NAACP Image Awards :How to watch live 49th NAACP Image Awards
The NAACP Image Awards is undergoing some major changes this year in an effort to remain relevant and contemporary.
Organizers moved up the ceremony, in its 49th incarnation, to take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January instead of during Black History Month or in March when it has previously taken place.
And for the first time in the Image Awards’ history, everyday fans have been allowed to vote for their favorite nominees in 36 categories spanning film, television and music. The show will air live on TV One, as it has since 2014, with “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson returning as host.
Of the two alterations, the decision to align with the MLK holiday is the most organic and pragmatic.
“With the Super Bowl, Winter Olympics, NBA All-Star Game and other award shows, February became a very crowded month in terms of television broadcasting,” says Leonard James III, committee chairman of the NAACP Image Awards. “We looked at what we could do to create a timeslot that would be associated with the NAACP and that became Monday, Jan. 15, the King holiday.”